Kim Gordon – Solo Touring 2020

In addition to previously announced European festival dates, Kim Gordon will be embarking on her first solo tour in support of 2019’s widely hailed, ‘No Home Record’ starting with London’s 6Music Festival and continuing with North American shows commencing July 17 in Minneapolis. In addition, Gordon will be one of the keynote speakers for the music portion of South By Southwest as part of a conversation with author Rachel Kushner.

The touring band features Kim on guitar on vocals, Yves Rothman as music director, Sarah Register on guitar, Emily Retsas on bass, and Sterling Laws on drums.

Gordon recently wrapped up a solo art exhibition of new work at 303 Gallery in New York, titled “The Bonfire.” The show opened January 10th and featured a series of works on canvas and a film titled “Los Angeles June 6, 2019.” Artnet News noted the works “present a world of safety and intimacy but beneath which lurk darker unseen forces…these images reflect our current reality where it seems no image is uncaptured, as well as the fact that even the most ordinary events are packaged and elevated as though they have more monumental meanings.” Last week Kim also participated at LA’s The Broad “The Un-Private Collection” series in conversation with NY-based artist Christopher Wool, moderated by music curator, critic, author, and gallerist John Corbett.

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Kim Gordon on tour, new dates in bold (on sale Friday, February 28)

Sunday, March 8 6 Music Festival, London UK
Friday, May 22 Villette Sonique Festival, Paris FR
Sunday, May 24 AB Ballroom, Brussels BE
Monday, May 25 Paradiso, Amsterdam NL
Wednesday, May 27 Gorilla, Manchester UK
Thursday, May 28 SWX, Bristol UK
Friday, May 29 All Points East, London UK
Sunday, May 31 Art Rock Fest, St. Brieuc FR
Tuesday, June 2 Rote Fabric, Zurich CH
Wednesday, June 3 L’Epicerie Moderne, Lyon FR
Thursday, June 4 Primavera Sound, Barcelona ES
Saturday, June 6 Northside Festival, Aarkhus DK
Monday, June 8 Astra Kulturhaus, Berlin DE
Tuesday, June 9 Gloria Theatre, Cologne DE
Thursday, June 11 NOS Primavera Sound, Porto PT
Friday, July 17 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN
Sunday, July 19 Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago IL
Tuesday, July 21 Paradise Rock Club, Boston MA
Thursday, July 23 Webster Hall, New York NY
Friday, July 24 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
Saturday, July 25 9:30 Club, Washington DC
Friday, September 11 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC
Saturday, September 12 Showbox, Seattle WA
Sunday, September 13 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR
Tuesday, September 15 The Fillmore, San Francisco CA

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Coming May 1 : Car Seat Headrest – ‘Making A Door Less Open’


(album art : Cate Wurtz)

“Can’t Cool Me Down”, Produced by Dos Rios Films, Lyric Animation by Marisa Gesualdi


(photo by Carlos Cruz)

‘Making A Door Less Open’, the new album from Car Seat Headrest and the first set of brand new songs since 2016’s Teens Of Denial, is set for release May 1.  The first single,  “Can’t Cool Me Down,” a staple of their live sets over the past year, from the forthcoming album, and its accompanying video, are out today.

Created over the course of four years, ‘Making a Door Less Open’ is the result of a  collaboration between Car Seat Headrest, led by Will Toledo, and 1 Trait Danger, a CSH electronic side project consisting of drummer Andrew Katz and Toledo’s alternative persona, “Trait.”

‘Making A Door Less Open’ sees Toledo embarking on new and imaginative roads to songwriting and recording, placing emphasis on the individual songs, each with its own “special energy,” rather than attempting to draw a coherent storyteller narrative through the album as he has in the past, resulting in his most dynamic and open-ended work to date.

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This album was made from January 2015 to December 2019, starting as a collection of vague ideas that eventually turned into songs. I wanted to make something that was different from my previous records, and I struggled to figure out how to do that. I realized that because the way I listened to music had changed, I had to change the way I wrote music, as well. I was listening less and less to albums and more and more to individual songs, songs from all over the place, every few days finding a new one that seemed to have a special energy. I thought that if I could make an album full of songs that had a special energy, each one unique and different in its vision, then that would be a good thing.

Andrew, Ethan, Seth and I started going into the studio to record songs that had more finished structures and jam on ideas that didn’t. Then I would mess with the recordings until I could see my way to a song. Most of the time on this album was spent shuttling between my house and Andrew’s, who did a lot of the mixing on this. He comes from an EDM school of mixing, so we built up sample-heavy beat-driven songs that could work to both of our strengths.

Each track is the result of an intense battle to bring out its natural colors and transform it into a complete work. The songs contain elements of EDM, hip hop, futurism, doo-wop, soul, and of course rock and roll. But underneath all these things I think these may be folk songs, because they can be played and sung in many different ways, and they’re about things that are important to a lot of people: anger with society, sickness, loneliness, love…the way this album plays out is just our own interpretation of the tracks, with Andrew, Ethan and I forming a sort of choir of contrasting natures.

I think my main hope for the world of music is that it will continue to grow by taking from the past, with a consciousness of what still works now. Exciting moments in music always form at a crossroads – a new genre emerges from the pieces of existing ones, an artist strips down a forgotten structure and makes something alien and novel. If there is a new genre emergent in our times, it has not yet been named and identified, but its threads come from new ways of listening to all types of music, of new methods of creating music at an unprecedented level of affordability and personal freedom, of new audiences rising up through the internet to embrace works that would otherwise be lost, and above all from the people whose love of music drives them to create it in the best form they possibly can. Hopefully it will remain nameless for some time, so it can be experienced with that same newness and strangeness that accompanies any and all meaningful encounters with music.

“Yea but 
what’s with the mask”
Bob Dylan said, “if someone’s wearing a mask, he’s gonna tell you the truth…if he’s not wearing a mask, it’s highly unlikely.” He never actually wore a mask onstage so I don’t know why he said that. But I decided to start wearing a mask for a couple of reasons. One, I still get nervous being onstage with everybody looking at me. If everyone is looking at the mask instead, then it feels like we’re all looking at the same thing, and that is more honest to me. Two, music should be about enjoying yourself, especially live music, and I think of this costume as a way to remind myself and everyone else to have some fun with it. I don’t think it changes anything else about the songs or how you feel about them to be able to drop it for a second and have fun with it. If you can’t do that then you’re in a bad place…

The character comes from another project Andrew and I have been working on called 1 TRAIT DANGER. This is something Andrew started doing on tour—recording ideas for his own songs as they came to him, and forcibly enlisting everyone else to participate. It appealed to me because it was nothing like Car Seat Headrest, and the ideas cracked me up. Before we knew it we had two albums released, a video game that was almost impossible to beat, and a growing number of people who seemed to be enjoying it all. It’s been a great outlet for weird and untenable musical experiments, and the live performances have been a blast. I play a character called TRAIT, and we’ve been working out the backstory as we go. I think he spent a lot of time in classified government facilities before getting into the music business.

This is the kind of stuff that kept us going while we were working on MADLO. We were in our own little world and free to try any idea we “Yea but 
what’s with the mask”wanted. A lot of the ideas for 1 Trait bled over to the Car Seat tracks, and vice versa. You just can’t make music without first creating your own environment around it…sound’s always gotta travel through something. This time it was a mask.
—trait

Vinyl Track List
A01 Weightlifters [5:38]
A02 Can’t Cool Me Down [5:08]
A03 Hollywood [3:23]
A04 There Must Be More Than Blood [7:21]
B05 Hymn [3:02]
B06 Deadlines [5:03]
B07 Martin [3:27]
B08 What’s With You Lately [1:37]
B09 Life Worth Missing [4:52]
B10 Famous [2:49]
CD Track List
01 Weightlifters [5:41]
02 Can’t Cool Me Down [5:09]
03 Hollywood [3:22]
04 Martin [3:32]
05 Hymn (Remix) [2:48]
06 There Must Be More Than Blood [7:22]
07 Deadlines [5:05]
08 What’s With You Lately [1:37]
09 Life Worth Missing [4:52]
10 Famous [2:52]
11 Deadlines (Alternate Acoustic) [Bonus Track] [3:07]

12 Hollywood (Acoustic) [Bonus Track] [3:10]

Digital Tracklist – TBD


Ticket Presale Info
Album Preorder / Ticket Presale info:  Initial preorders of ‘Making A Door Less Open’ via the Matador Store will come with a presale code for the U.S. tour.
Album Preorder presale begins at 3pm Wednesday, February 26th

General on-sale is 10am local time Friday February 28th

Car Seat Headrest on Tour, New Dates in Bold

 

Saturday, April 25 MASS MoCA, North Adams MA (preview performance)
Wednesday, May 27 Palace Theatre, St. Paul MN *
 Thursday, May 28 The Pabst Theater, Milwaukee WI *
 Friday, May 29 Vic Theatre, Chicago IL @
 Saturday, May 30 Vic Theatre, Chicago IL @
 Tuesday, June 2 Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI *
 Wednesday, June 3 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON *
Thursday, June 4 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON *
Saturday, June 6 House of Blues, Boston MA *
 Sunday, June 7 State Theatre, Portland ME *
 Tuesday, June 9 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY *
 Wednesday, June 10 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY *
 Thursday, June 11 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY *
Saturday, June 13 Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia PA *
Sunday, June 14 The Anthem, Washington D.C. *
Tuesday, June 16 The Ritz, Raleigh NC *
Wednesday, June 17 The Orange Peel, Asheville NC (On sale Noon local time this Friday) *
Thursday, June 18 The Senate, Columbia SC *
Friday, June 19 Tabernacle, GA *
Saturday, June 20 Brooklyn Bowl Nashville, Nashville TN *
Thursday, July 9 The Commodore, Vancouver BC
Friday, July 10 The Commodore, Vancouver BC
Saturday, July 11 Paramount Theatre, Seattle WA
Sunday, July 12 Roseland Theater, Portland OR
Tuesday, July 14 The Warfield, San Francisco CA
Friday, July 17 Observatory North Park, San Diego CA
Saturday, July 18 The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA
Sunday, July 19 The Van Buren, Phoenix AZ
Wednesday, July 22 Stubb’s, Austin TX
Thursday, July 23 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Friday, July 24 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Saturday, July 25 Tower Theatre, Oklahoma City OK
Sunday, July 26 Crossroads KC at Grinder’s, Kansas City MO
Tuesday, July 28 Ogden Theatre, Denver CO
 @ w/ Ron Gallo
* w/ Twin Peaks

 

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Coming May 15 : Perfume Genius – ‘Set My Heart On Fire Immediately’


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“Describe” video, directed by Mike Haedras

On May 15 Perfume Genius (Mike Hadreas) will release his 5th studio album, ‘Set My Heart On Fire Immediately’,  The first single is available today  — “Describe,” a track that captures a sense living in the moment through a heavy fog of grizzly distortion and tumbling slide guitars. Hadreas notes, “it started as a really somber ballad. It was very minimal and very slow. And then it turned into this beast of a song. I started writing about when you are in such a dark place that you don’t even remember what goodness is or what anything feels like. And so, the idea was having someone describe that to you, because you forgot or can’t get to it.” Its accompanying video, self-directed by Hadreas, envisions “an end of the world where there are no boundaries, there are no edges, no rules, or the rules are completely new with how you interact with each other and the space around you.”

‘Set My Heart On Fire Immediately’ sees Hadreas re-teaming with Grammy nominated producer Blake Mills and features contributions from musicians Jim Keltner, Pino Palladino and Matt Chamberlin. It was recorded in Los Angeles, where Perfume Genius settled in 2017 with longtime partner and musical collaborator Alan Wyffels.

The album explores and subverts concepts of masculinity and traditional roles, and introduces decidedly American musical influences. Throughout the album Hadreas plays with themes of love, sex, memory and the body, channeling popular music mythologies while irreverently authoring its own. “I wanted to feel more open, more free and spiritually wild,” says Hadreas, “and I’m in a place now where those feelings are very close– but it can border on being unhinged. I wrote these songs as a way to be more patient, more considered — to pull at all these chaotic threads hovering around me and weave them in to something warm, thoughtful and comforting”

The sense of communion and physicality was borne in part from Hadreas’ work on ‘The Sun Still Burns Here’. Already a formidable stage presence, it had elevated him to a rigorous multi-disciplinary performer. “I had been working with them for a year and a half. With lots of rehearsals, lots of performances, lots of relationships and energies, and I was feeling connected to my body. I was feeling connected to all their bodies. And having boundaries be blurred and having rules be gone and having all this play within nonsense and absurdity — in tandem with a real connection and truly valuable work.” In 2019, the show travelled to Boston, New York and Minneapolis after its Seattle debut.

‘Set My Heart On Fire Immediately’ will be available on May 15th at all retailers. Fans can pre-order the limited edition double LP in translucent blue with a 24×36” poster via the Matador webstore or in regular black at this link. The Matador webstore limited edition record can also be bundled with an exclusive t-shirt.

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Tracklist
1. Whole Life
2. Describe
3. Without You
4. Jason
5. Leave
6. On the Floor
7. Your Body Changes Everything
8. Moonbend
9. Just a Touch
10. Nothing at All
11. One More Try
12. Some Dream

13. Borrowed Light




AN IMPRESSION OF PERFUME GENIUS’ SET MY HEART ON FIRE IMMEDIATELY
By Ocean Vuong
Can disruption be beautiful? Can it, through new ways of embodying joy and power, become a way of thinking and living in a world burning at the edges? Hearing Perfume Genius, one realizes that the answer is not only yes—but that it arrived years ago, when Mike Hadreas, at age 26, decided to take his life and art in to his own hands, his own mouth. In doing so, he recast what we understand as music into a weather of feeling and thinking, one where the body (queer, healing, troubled, wounded, possible and gorgeous) sings itself into its future. When listening to Perfume Genius, a powerful joy courses through me because I know the context of its arrival—the costs are right there in the lyrics, in the velvet and smoky bass and synth that verge on synesthesia, the scores at times a violet and tender heat in the ear. That the songs are made resonant through the body’s triumph is a truth this album makes palpable. As a queer artist, this truth nourishes me, inspires me anew. This is music to both fight and make love to. To be shattered and whole with. If sound is, after all, a negotiation/disruption of time, then in the soft storm of Set My Heart On Fire Immediately, the future is here. Because it was always here. Welcome home.

Perfume Genius on tour :

Friday, May 29 United Center, Chicago IL *
Saturday, May 30 Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee WI *
Sunday, May 31 Little Caesar’s Arena, Detroit MI *
Tuesday, June 2 Scotia Bank Arena, Toronto ON *
Wednesday, June 3 Bell Centre, Montreal QC *
Saturday, June 6 Capital One Arena, Washington DC *
Monday, June 8 Spectrum Center, Charlotte NC *
Tuesday, June 9 State Farm Arena, Atlanta GA *
Thursday, June 11 American Airlines Arena, Miami FL *
Friday, June 12 Amway Center, Orlando FL *
Wednesday, July 17 Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul MN *
Sunday, July 19 Enterprise Center, St. Louis MN *
Monday, July 20 Sprint Center, Kansas City MO *
Tuesday, July 21 BOK Center, Tulsa OK *
Thursday, July 23 Frank Erin Center, Austin TX *
Friday, July 24 American Airlines Center, Dallas TX *
Saturday, July 25 Toyota Center, Houston TX *
Tuesday, July 28 Gila River Arena, Glendale AZ *
Thursday, July 30 Pepsi Center, Denver CO *
Saturday, August 1 Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City UT *
Tuesday, August 3 MODA Center, Portland OR *
Wednesday, August 5 Rogers Arena, Vancouver BC *
Friday, August 7 The Gorge Amphitheater, George WA *

* with Tame Impala

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Out Today : King Krule – ‘Man Alive!’


The new King Krule album, ‘Man Alive’ is available today from True Panther / Matador.  Stream or purchase here.

Track list :

01. Cellular
02. Supermarché
03. Stoned Again
04. Comet Face
05. The Dream
06. Perfecto Miserable
07. Alone, Omen 3
08. Slinky
09. Airport Antenatal Airplane
10. (Don’t Let The Dragon) Draag On
11. Theme For The Cross
12. Underclass
13. Energy Fleets
14. Please Complete Thee

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King Krule On Tour :

Tuesday, March 3rd A.B, Brussels BE
Wednesday, March 4th L’Olympia, Paris FR
Friday, March 6th Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL
Saturday, March 7th K.B Hall, Copenhagen, DK
Sunday, March 8th Columbiahalle, Berlin DE
Thursday, March 19th Olympia, Dublin IE
Saturday, March 21st Barrowland, Glasgow UK
Sunday, March 22nd Albert Hall, Manchester UK
Tuesday, March 24th Brixton Academy, London UK
Wednesday, March 25th Brixton Academy, London UK
Thursday, April 2nd House of Blues, Dallas TX
Friday, April 3rd White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Saturday, April 4th Stubbs Waller Creek, Austin TX
Tuesday, April 7th Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles CA
Wednesday, April 8th Fox Theatre, Oakland CA
Friday, April 10th Showbox Sodo, Seattle WA
Saturday, April 11th Roseland Theatre, Portland OR
Tuesday, April 14th First Avenue, Minneapolis MN
Wednesday, April 15th Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL
Friday, April 17th Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Toronto ON
Saturday, April 18th Mtelus, Montreal QC
Sunday, April 19th House of Blues, Boston MA
Tuesday, April 21st Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
Wednesday, April 22nd 9.30 Club, Washington DC
Friday, April 24th Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY
Saturday, April 25th Webster Hall, New York NY

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Steve Gunn / Cass McCombs – May West Coast Dates


Steve Gunn and Cass McCombs are embarking on a co-headlining tour of the West Coast this May for 8 shows. Gunn and McCombs will both be playing with their full bands commencing in Pioneertown, CA on May 1st and will stop in Los Angeles for two nights at the Lodge Room before making its way up the coast and wrapping in Seattle on May 12th. This tour comes right on the heels of Gunn’s North American tour alongside Mary Lattimore and William Tyler in March.  Tickets for the McCombs/Gunn May dates go on sale tomorrow at noon local time, save for Seattle (10am PST) and Portland (Friday, 10am PST)

Friday, May 1 Pappy & Harriet’s, Pioneertown CA
Saturday, May 2 The Lodge Room, Los Angeles CA
Sunday, May 3 The Lodge Room, Los Angeles CA
Thursday, May 7 Harlow’s, Sacramento CA
Friday, May 8 Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz CA
Saturday, May 9 The Chapel, San Francisco CA
Monday, May 11 Revolution Hall, Portland OR
Tuesday, May 12 Neumos, Seattle WA

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additional Steve Gunn dates :

Monday, March 16 Third Man Records, Nashville TN +
Tuesday, March 17 Terminal West, Atlanta GA +
Wednesday, March 18 The Atlantic, Gainesville FL +
Friday, March 20 Gramps, Miami FL +
Saturday, March 21 Intuition Ale Works, Jacksonville FL +
Monday, March 23 Recover Brands, Charlotte NC +
Tuesday, March 24 Cat’s Cradle Back Room, Carrboro NC +
Wednesday, March 25 The Grey Eagle, Asheville NC +
Friday, March 27 Big Ears Festival, Knoxville TN *

Sunday, March 29 The Momentary, Bentonville AK *
Wednesday, April 1 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL #
Thursday, April 2 High Noon Saloon, Madison WI ^

Saturday, April 4 Mission Creek Festival, Iowa City IA *

+ with William Tyler, Mary Lattimore
^ as Gunn-Truscinski Duo
# as Gunn-Truscinski Duo with Mdou Moctar, Bill Nace & Dave Rempis
* with Kim Gordon, Bill Nace and John Truscinski performing “Sounds for Andy Warhol’s Kiss”

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Lucy Dacus – Spring/Summer 2020 North American Tour

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Following the recent announcement of solo headlining dates in The United Kingdom and Europe, Lucy Dacus has announced further touring through North America in Spring and Summer 2020. The newly announced dates are in support of Bright Eyes and The National, respectively. General on-sale for all dates begins on Friday, February 21st. 10am local time for dates with The National and Noon local time for dates with Bright Eyes.

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Lucy Dacus on Tour
March 5-8 Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, Okeechobee FL
Friday, March 6 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN ^
Saturday, April 4 Mission Creek Festival, Iowa City IA
Tuesday, April 14 Hydrophone, Lorient FR *
Thursday, April 16 La Peniche Cancale, Dijon FR *
Saturday, April 18 Romandie, Lausanne,  CH *
Tuesday, April 21 B72, Vienna AU *
Thursday, April 23 Chapeau Rouge, Prague CZ *
Saturday, April 25 Roter Salon, Berlin DE *
Monday, April 27 Hebebühne, Hamburg DE *
Tuesday, April 28 Tyde, Dortmund DE *
Wednesday, April 29 ACU, Utrecht, NL *
Friday, May 1 Union Chapel, London UK *
Monday, May 4 CCA, Glasgow, UK *
Tuesday, May 5, The Limelight 2, Belfast, UK *
Wednesday, May 6 Button Factory, Dublin, IE *
Friday, June 12 The Palladium, Worchester MA &
Saturday, June 13 Beak and Skiff Orchards, Lafayette NY &
Sunday, June 14 Artpark, Lewiston NY &
Tuesday, June 16 Levitt Pavillion SteelStacks, Bethlehem PA &
Wednesday, June 17 Shelburne Museum, Shelburne VT &
Thursday, June 18 State Theatre, Portland ME &
Friday, June 19 College Street Music Hall, New Haven CT &
Saturday, June 20 Forest Hills Stadium, Queens NY **
Wednesday, July 15 Shelburne Museum, Shelburne VT @
Monday, July 20 Surly Brewing Co, Minneapolis MN @
Tuesday, July 21 Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg CA @
Thursday, July 23 Edmonton Events Center, Edmonton CA @
Saturday, July 25 Kettlehouse Amphitheatre, Missoula MT @
Sunday, July 26 Boise Botanical Gardens, Boise ID @

^ w/ Ruston Kelly
* w/ Fenne Lily
& w/ Bright Eyes
** w/ Bright Eyes, Japanese Breakfast
@ w/ The National

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Stephen Malkmus – “Brainwashed” on La Blogothèque + New U.S. Tour Dates

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Stephen Malkmus will release his new album, Traditional Techniques, on March 6th. Today, he extends his North American tour and announces shows throughout the southwest and west coast. In addition to a previously-announced run including Chicago’s Thalia Hall, New York’s Webster Hall, and more, Malkmus will appear at Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre, San Francisco’s The Fillmore, plus others. He will be joined by a brand new live band of Chris Funk (pedal steel, keys), Matt Sweeney (guitar), Brad Truax (bass), and Jake Morris (drums), and at times by Qais Essar (rabab) and Eric Zang (kaval, udu, daf). Tickets for newly-announced dates go on sale this Friday, February 21st at 10am local time.

Additionally, Malkmus offers a further glimpse into Traditional Techniques via the La Blogothèque performance of new song, “Brainwashed.” Directed by Thibaut Charlut with sound direction by Henri d’Armancourt, the solo, acoustic performance was filmed in the midst of Parisian café La Fontaine de Belleville.

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Stephen Malkmus on Tour, New Dates in Bold
Tuesday, March 31 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN
Wednesday, April 1 Turner Hall, Milwaukee WI
Thursday, April 2 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL
Friday, April 3 Headliners, Louisville KY
Saturday, April 4 Cannery Ballroom, Nashville TN
Sunday, April 5 Terminal West, Atlanta GA
Tuesday, April 7 Orange Peel, Asheville NC
Wednesday, April 8 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Thursday, April 9 The National, Richmond VA
Friday, April 10 Black Cat, Washington DC
Saturday, April 11 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
Monday, April 13 Webster Hall, New York NY
Wednesday, April 15 Royale, Boston MA
Thursday, April 16 L’Astral, Montreal QC
Friday, April 17 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON
Saturday, April 18 Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH
Sunday, April 19 St. Andrew’s Hall, Detroit MI
Friday, June 26 Imperial, Vancouver BC
Saturday, June 27 The Showbox, Seattle WA
Sunday, June 28 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR
Tuesday, June 30 The Fillmore, San Francisco CA
Wednesday, July 1 El Rey, Los Angeles CA
Thursday, July 2 The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ
Friday, July 3 Venue TBD, Santa Fe NM
Saturday, July 4 Lowbrow Palace, El Paso TX
Monday, July 6 The Mohawk, Austin TX
Tuesday, July 7 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Wednesday, July 8 Tower Theater, Oklahoma City OK
Thursday, July 9 Granada Theater, Lawrence KS
Saturday, July 11 Gothic Theater, Denver CO

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King Krule – “Cellular”

This morning, King Krule premiered the 3rd single from the forthcoming ‘Man Alive!’, “Cellular”, with a video directed and animated by Jamie Wolfe (above)

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‘Man Alive!’ is out February 21st via True Panther / Matador Records. Catch him on tour across North America in April (dates below)

Pre-order / Pre-save Man Alive! HERE

King Krule On Tour
Tuesday, March 3rd A.B, Brussels BE
Wednesday, March 4th L’Olympia, Paris FR
Friday, March 6th Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL
Saturday, March 7th K.B Hall, Copenhagen, DK
Sunday, March 8th Columbiahalle, Berlin DE
Thursday, March 19th Olympia, Dublin IE
Saturday, March 21st Barrowland, Glasgow UK
Sunday, March 22nd Albert Hall, Manchester UK
Tuesday, March 24th Brixton Academy, London UK
Wednesday, March 25th Brixton Academy, London UK
Thursday, April 2nd House of Blues, Dallas TX
Friday, April 3rd White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Saturday, April 4th Stubbs Waller Creek, Austin TX
Tuesday, April 7th Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles CA
Wednesday, April 8th Fox Theatre, Oakland CA
Friday, April 10th Showbox Sodo, Seattle WA
Saturday, April 11th Roseland Theatre, Portland OR
Tuesday, April 14th First Avenue, Minneapolis MN
Wednesday, April 15th Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL
Friday, April 17th Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Toronto ON
Saturday, April 18th Mtelus, Montreal QC
Sunday, April 19th House of Blues, Boston MA
Tuesday, April 21st Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
Wednesday, April 22nd 9.30 Club, Washington DC
Friday, April 24th Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY
Saturday, April 25th Webster Hall, New York NY

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King Krule – “Man Alive!” Listening Sessions

King Krule has announced listening parties across North America (and Cape Town, South Africa) taking place ahead of the release of the new album, Man Alive! out next Friday, February 21st.

Pre-order / Pre-save Man Alive! HERE

Four stores (Grimey’s Nashville, Rough Trade NYC, Park Avenue CDs Orlando and Songbyrd D.C.) will raffle signed test pressings of the new album. The remaining eighteen stores will have one copy each of the standard LP signed by Archy Marshall, raffled off during the listening event. Visit each stores site (listed below) for specific information.

Monday, February 17th
Grimey’s, Nashville TN
Park Avenue CDs, Orlando FL
Rough Trade NYC, Brooklyn NY

Tuesday, February 18th
Songbyrd, Washington DC

Thursday, February 20th
Seasick, Birmingham AL
Omega Music, Dayton OH
End of All Music, Oxford MS
Love Garden, Lawrence KS
10,000 HZ, Opelika AL
Lunch Box Records, Charlotte NC
Mills Recording Co, Kansas City MO
Nice Price Jr, Oakwood NC
Waiting Room, Normal IL
Revolver, Buffalo NY
Stinkweeds, Phoenix AZ
Shuga Records, Chicago IL
Retrofit Records, Tallahassee FL
Luna Music, Indianapolis IN
Criminal Records, Atlanta GA
Waterloo, Austin TX
Sonic Boom, Seattle WA
Easy Street, Seattle WA
Roastin’ Records, Cape Town ZA

King Krule On Tour
Tuesday, March 3rd A.B, Brussels BE
Wednesday, March 4th L’Olympia, Paris FR
Friday, March 6th Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL
Saturday, March 7th K.B Hall, Copenhagen, DK
Sunday, March 8th Columbiahalle, Berlin DE
Thursday, March 19th Olympia, Dublin IE
Saturday, March 21st Barrowland, Glasgow UK
Sunday, March 22nd Albert Hall, Manchester UK
Tuesday, March 24th Brixton Academy, London UK
Wednesday, March 25th Brixton Academy, London UK
Thursday, April 2nd House of Blues, Dallas TX
Friday, April 3rd White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Saturday, April 4th Stubbs Waller Creek, Austin TX
Tuesday, April 7th Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles CA
Wednesday, April 8th Fox Theatre, Oakland CA
Friday, April 10th Showbox Sodo, Seattle WA
Saturday, April 11th Roseland Theatre, Portland OR
Tuesday, April 14th First Avenue, Minneapolis MN
Wednesday, April 15th Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL
Friday, April 17th Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Toronto ON
Saturday, April 18th Mtelus, Montreal QC
Sunday, April 19th House of Blues, Boston MA
Tuesday, April 21st Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
Wednesday, April 22nd 9.30 Club, Washington DC
Friday, April 24th Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY
Saturday, April 25th Webster Hall, New York NY

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Video: Desert Sessions “If You Run” + Announcing DessertSessions.com

Joshua Homme’s collaborative motley crew Desert Sessions follow up the recent fever dream vision of their “Easier Said Than Done” clip with the latest music video from Desert Sessions Vols. 11 & 12 (aka respectively Arrivederci Despair and Tightwads & Nitwits & Critics & Heels): “If You Run.” Directed by filmmaker / actor Rio Hackford, “If You Run” stars Homme and DS newcomer Libby Grace as a mysterious hitchhiker, following them on a sinister trip through the Joshua Tree desert, culminating in a freakishly hallucinatory finale set at the famed Rancho De La Luna studio. Hackford’s “If You Run” visualization also stars DS collaborators Billy Gibbons, Dave Catching, Matt Sweeney, Stella Mozgawa, and Carla Azar.

Stream/Purchase Desert Sessions – Vols. 11 & 12 HERE.

Director Rio Hackford said of the video: “The video was inspired by Josh bringing an unknown Libby Grace into the Dessert Sessions arena to show her haunting magic to the world. Homme, Sweeney and I are some of the only people who have heard Libby’s music, so the idea of them introducing her to the players and recording process lit the fuse. The song lent itself perfectly to the lonesome desert landscape and the spell that the Rancho can cast on anyone that passes through its doors.”

In other news… Inspired by the (disappointingly) frequent misspelling of the Desert Sessions, the desert collective have launched the Dessert Sessions: Feral Recipes for the Joyful Destruction of Taste Buds, a unique collection of otherworldly recipes created and inspired by the music of the Desert Sessions. Cheese stuffed meat rings, sardine topped doughnut cakes, avocado and sour cream gelatin plates abound! Fans can try their hands at one of these recipes here and share their creations by tagging #dessertsessions.

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Lucy Dacus – Live on KEXP

After premiering the performance of “Fool’s Gold” late last year, KEXP has released the entirety of Lucy Dacus’ in-studio set. The session includes “My Mother & I” from last year’s EP titled 2019 as well as Historian’s “Yours & Mine,” “Timefighter,” and “Night Shift.”

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Lucy Dacus has recently announced a group of solo European dates taking place this Spring, as well as a performance supporting Bright Eyes at Forest Hills Stadium on June 20th. All upcoming dates are listed below.

Lucy Dacus on Tour
March 5-8 Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, Okeechobee FL
Friday, March 6 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN ^
Saturday, April 4 Mission Creek Festival, Iowa City IA
Tuesday, April 14 Hydrophone, Lorient FR *
Thursday, April 16 La Peniche Cancale, Dijon FR *
Saturday, April 18 Romandie, Lausanne,  CH *
Tuesday, April 21 B72, Vienna AU *
Thursday, April 23 Chapeau Rouge, Prague CZ *
Saturday, April 25 Roter Salon, Berlin DE *
Monday, April 27 Hebebühne, Hamburg DE *
Tuesday, April 28 Tyde, Dortmund DE *
Wednesday, April 29 ACU, Utrecht, NL *
Friday, May 1 Union Chapel, London UK *
Monday, May 4 CCA, Glasgow, UK *
Tuesday, May 5, The Limelight 2, Belfast, UK *
Wednesday, May 6 Button Factory, Dublin, IE *
Saturday, June 20 Forest Hills Stadium, Queens NY **

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* w/ Fenne Lily
** w/ Bright Eyes, Japanese Breakfast

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Algiers – “Dispossession” and “Void” in session for WFUV

Algiers – “Dispossession”

Algiers – “Void”

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Algiers’ recent visit to the studios of NY’s WFUV resulted in the above performances of “Dispossession” and “Void”, the former culled from the newly released ‘This Is No Year’, the latter a bonus track that can be found on the album’s CD version and digital versions, along with a flexi tucked into the LP edition. Algiers’ global touring continues tonight in Brussels (see below).

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Algiers on tour :

Wednesday, February 12 Botanique Rotonde, Brussels BE
Thursday, February 13 Paradiso Upstairs, Amsterdam NE
Friday, February 14 Club Volta, Cologne DE
Saturday, February 15 Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
Monday, February 17 Zoom, Frankfurt DE
Tuesday, February 18 Beatpol, Dresden DE
Thursday, February 20 Hybrydy, Warsaw PO
Friday, February 21 Lucerna Music Bar, Prague CZ
Saturday, February 22 Flex, Vienna AU
Monday, February 24 Strom, Munich DE
Wednesday, February 26 Monk, Rome IT
Thursday, February 27 Ohibo, Milan IT
Saturday, February 29 La 3 Razzmatazz, Barcelona ES
Sunday, March 1 Cafe Berlin, Madrid ES
Tuesday, March 3 Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux FR
Wednesday, March 4 Stereolux, Nantes FR
Thursday, March 5 La Maroquinerie, Paris FR
Wednesday, March 11 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA
Thursday, March 12 Black Cat, Washington DC
Friday, March 13 Mothlight, Asheville NC
Saturday, March 14 529, Atlanta GA
Friday, March 20 Club Congress, Tucson AZ
Saturday, March 21 Casbah, San Diego CA
Tuesday, March 24 The Echo, Los Angeles CA
Wednesday, March 25 Slim’s, San Francisco CA
Saturday, March 28 Polaris Hall, Portland OR
Sunday, March 29 The Crocodile, Seattle WA
Wednesday, April 1 Turf Club, St. Paul MN
Thursday, April 2 Cactus Club, Milwaukee WI
Friday, April 3 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Saturday, April 4 Rumba Club, Columbus OH
Sunday, April 5 Deluxx Fluxx, Detroit MI
Monday, April 6 The Baby G, Toronto ON
Tuesday, April 7 Bar Le Ritz, Montreal QC
Thursday, April 9 Saint Vitus, Brooklyn NY
Tuesday, April 21 Knust, Hamburg DE
Friday, April 24 Nalen Klubb, Stockholm SE
Saturday, April 25 Mejeriet, Lund SE
Monday, April 27 Lido, Berlin DE
Wednesday, April 29 Morze, St. Petersberg RU
Thursday, April 30 Aglomerat, Moscow RU
Sunday, May 3rd ISC, Bern CH
Monday, May 4th Bogen F, Zurich CH

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King Krule – “Alone, Omen 3”

This afternoon (Wednesday, 5 February) King Krule releases “Alone, Omen 3,” the second single from his forthcoming album ‘Man Alive!’. The track comes with a video directed by Archy Marshall’s close friend Jocelyn Anquetil and was co-written by the artist and director. 

Featuring Archy surrounded by his friends, band mates, and collaborators, the video backs up the message that “you’re not alone.” Archy explains: “I felt like I had gotten out of a dark place, and I was on a high. I appreciated the depression… but I also liked how I felt better in the here and now.” 

On Monday, February 10, NYC’s Metrograph Cinema is hosting “An Evening With King Krule”, a special marathon screening event with video selections from King Krule and his collaborators, as well as two films that have inspired him: Maya Deren’s experimental “Meshes of the Afternoon” and the landmark French animation “Fantastic Planet”. Tickets are available here.

King Krule’s third album ‘Man Alive!’ is out February 21st via True Panther / Matador Records. Catch him on tour across North America in April (dates below)

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King Krule On Tour
Tuesday, March 3rd A.B, Brussels BE
Wednesday, March 4th L’Olympia, Paris FR
Friday, March 6th Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL
Saturday, March 7th K.B Hall, Copenhagen, DK
Sunday, March 8th Columbiahalle, Berlin DE
Thursday, March 19th Olympia, Dublin IE
Saturday, March 21st Barrowland, Glasgow UK
Sunday, March 22nd Albert Hall, Manchester UK
Tuesday, March 24th Brixton Academy, London UK
Wednesday, March 25th Brixton Academy, London UK
Thursday, April 2nd House of Blues, Dallas TX
Friday, April 3rd White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Saturday, April 4th Stubbs Waller Creek, Austin TX
Tuesday, April 7th Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles CA
Wednesday, April 8th Fox Theatre, Oakland CA
Friday, April 10th Showbox Sodo, Seattle WA
Saturday, April 11th Roseland Theatre, Portland OR
Tuesday, April 14th First Avenue, Minneapolis MN
Wednesday, April 15th Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL
Friday, April 17th Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Toronto ON
Saturday, April 18th Mtelus, Montreal QC
Sunday, April 19th House of Blues, Boston MA
Tuesday, April 21st Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
Wednesday, April 22nd 9.30 Club, Washington DC
Friday, April 24th Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY
Saturday, April 25th Webster Hall, New York NY

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VIDEO : Algiers – “Dispossession” (From “The Late Show WIth Stephen Colbert”)

This past Friday night, Algiers made their US network television debut on CBS’ “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”, performing “Dispossession” from their recently-released, ‘There Is No Year’. Algiers’ UK/EU tour kicks off tonight in Brighton.

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Algiers on tour :

Monday, February 3 The Haunt, Brighton UK

Wednesday, February 5 Village Underground, London UK
Thursday, February 6 YES, Manchester UK
Friday, February 7 Stereo, Glasgow UK
Saturday, February 8 Whelans, Dublin IE
Monday, February 10 Brudenell, Leeds UK
Wednesday, February 12 Botanique Rotonde, Brussels BE
Thursday, February 13 Paradiso Upstairs, Amsterdam NE
Friday, February 14 Club Volta, Cologne DE
Saturday, February 15 Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
Monday, February 17 Zoom, Frankfurt DE
Tuesday, February 18 Beatpol, Dresden DE
Thursday, February 20 Hybrydy, Warsaw PO
Friday, February 21 Lucerna Music Bar, Prague CZ
Saturday, February 22 Flex, Vienna AU
Monday, February 24 Strom, Munich DE
Wednesday, February 26 Monk, Rome IT
Thursday, February 27 Ohibo, Milan IT
Saturday, February 29 La 3 Razzmatazz, Barcelona ES
Sunday, March 1 Cafe Berlin, Madrid ES
Tuesday, March 3 Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux FR
Wednesday, March 4 Stereolux, Nantes FR
Thursday, March 5 La Maroquinerie, Paris FR
Wednesday, March 11 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA
Thursday, March 12 Black Cat, Washington DC
Friday, March 13 Mothlight, Asheville NC
Saturday, March 14 529, Atlanta GA
Friday, March 20 Club Congress, Tucson AZ
Saturday, March 21 Casbah, San Diego CA
Tuesday, March 24 The Echo, Los Angeles CA
Wednesday, March 25 Slim’s, San Francisco CA
Saturday, March 28 Polaris Hall, Portland OR
Sunday, March 29 The Crocodile, Seattle WA
Wednesday, April 1 Turf Club, St. Paul MN
Thursday, April 2 Cactus Club, Milwaukee WI
Friday, April 3 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Saturday, April 4 Rumba Club, Columbus OH
Sunday, April 5 Deluxx Fluxx, Detroit MI
Monday, April 6 The Baby G, Toronto ON
Tuesday, April 7 Bar Le Ritz, Montreal QC
Thursday, April 9 Saint Vitus, Brooklyn NY
Tuesday, April 21 Knust, Hamburg DE
Friday, April 24 Nalen Klubb, Stockholm SE
Saturday, April 25 Mejeriet, Lund SE
Monday, April 27 Lido, Berlin DE
Wednesday, April 29 Morze, St. Petersberg RU
Thursday, April 30 Aglomerat, Moscow RU
Sunday, May 3rd ISC, Bern CH
Monday, May 4th Bogen F, Zurich CH

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Lucy Dacus announces 2020 EU tour dates

Lucy Dacus has this morning announced a run of  European tour dates to take place over April & May this year.

Following a whirlwhind end to the decade which saw Lucy release her ‘2019’ series, perform to packed crowds in Australia & New Zealand as well as playing at incredible festivals the world over, Lucy will return to Europe for shows in France, Switzerland, Germany, The UK, Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Ireland and Austria

Tickets go on sale at 10:00 GMT on Wednesday, February 5th.

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Lucy Dacus Tour dates (new in bold)

March 5-8 Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, Okeechobee FL
Friday, March 6 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN ^
Saturday, April 4 Mission Creek Festival, Iowa City IA
Tuesday, April 14 Hydrophone, Lorient FR
Thursday, April 16 La Peniche Cancale, Dijon FR
Saturday, April 18 Romandie, Lausanne,  CH
Tuesday, April 21 B72, Vienna AU
Thursday, April 23 Chapeau Rouge, Prague CZ
Saturday, April 25 Roter Salon, Berlin DE
Monday, April 27 Hebebühne, Hamburg DE
Tuesday, April 28 Tyde, Dortmund DE
Wednesday, April 29 ACU, Utrecht, NL
Friday, May 1 Union Chapel, London UK
Monday, May 4 CCA, Glasgow, UK
Tuesday, May 5, The Limelight 2, Belfast, UK
Wednesday, May 6 Button Factory, Dublin, IE

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Tonight : Algiers On CBS’ “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”


Tonight (Friday, January 30), Algiers are appearing on CBS’ “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”.  Barring a(nother) national emergency , the telecast begins at 11:35 pm eastern / 10:35 central time.

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Algiers on tour :

Monday, February 3 The Haunt, Brighton UK

Wednesday, February 5 Village Underground, London UK
Thursday, February 6 YES, Manchester UK
Friday, February 7 Stereo, Glasgow UK
Saturday, February 8 Whelans, Dublin IE
Monday, February 10 Brudenell, Leeds UK
Wednesday, February 12 Botanique Rotonde, Brussels BE
Thursday, February 13 Paradiso Upstairs, Amsterdam NE
Friday, February 14 Club Volta, Cologne DE
Saturday, February 15 Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
Monday, February 17 Zoom, Frankfurt DE
Tuesday, February 18 Beatpol, Dresden DE
Thursday, February 20 Hybrydy, Warsaw PO
Friday, February 21 Lucerna Music Bar, Prague CZ
Saturday, February 22 Flex, Vienna AU
Monday, February 24 Strom, Munich DE
Wednesday, February 26 Monk, Rome IT
Thursday, February 27 Ohibo, Milan IT
Saturday, February 29 La 3 Razzmatazz, Barcelona ES
Sunday, March 1 Cafe Berlin, Madrid ES
Tuesday, March 3 Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux FR
Wednesday, March 4 Stereolux, Nantes FR
Thursday, March 5 La Maroquinerie, Paris FR
Wednesday, March 11 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA
Thursday, March 12 Black Cat, Washington DC
Friday, March 13 Mothlight, Asheville NC
Saturday, March 14 529, Atlanta GA
Friday, March 20 Club Congress, Tucson AZ
Saturday, March 21 Casbah, San Diego CA
Tuesday, March 24 The Echo, Los Angeles CA
Wednesday, March 25 Slim’s, San Francisco CA
Saturday, March 28 Polaris Hall, Portland OR
Sunday, March 29 The Crocodile, Seattle WA
Wednesday, April 1 Turf Club, St. Paul MN
Thursday, April 2 Cactus Club, Milwaukee WI
Friday, April 3 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Saturday, April 4 Rumba Club, Columbus OH
Sunday, April 5 Deluxx Fluxx, Detroit MI
Monday, April 6 The Baby G, Toronto ON
Tuesday, April 7 Bar Le Ritz, Montreal QC
Thursday, April 9 Saint Vitus, Brooklyn NY
Tuesday, April 21 Knust, Hamburg DE
Friday, April 24 Nalen Klubb, Stockholm SE
Saturday, April 25 Mejeriet, Lund SE
Monday, April 27 Lido, Berlin DE
Wednesday, April 29 Morze, St. Petersberg RU
Thursday, April 30 Aglomerat, Moscow RU
Sunday, May 3rd ISC, Bern CH
Monday, May 4th Bogen F, Zurich CH

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Desert Sessions – “Easier Said Than Done” Video + The Bizarre Bazaar Premiere

Joshua Homme’s collaborative motley crew Desert Sessions return with the music video to “Easier Said Than Done”, from Vols. 11 & 12 (aka respectively Arrivederci Despair and Tightwads & Nitwits & Critics & Heels). Directed by photographer-director Chapman Baehler, this nightmare vision contains fascist-humiliating watersports, pig-men ejaculating glitter, a little defenestration, some light immolation… and Joshua Homme on roller skates.

For further edification, just watch the video over and over until the next one.

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Joshua Homme’s Team of Crazed Collaborators Announce “The Bizarre Bazaar”, a Bi-Weekly Series of Desert Sessions Inspired Artwork Auctions for Charity with Limited Edition Quilt by Ben Venom.

The unique delight of Desert Sessions lies in unexpected collaborations between musicians who might otherwise never work together, and alongside the new video, Desert Sessions have teamed up with artists in other media including palm-painting, sculpture, jewelry, film-making, and, in this instance, quilting, to create one-of-a-kind pieces of art inspired by, and indelibly connected to — the music, for a series of charity auctions benefiting The Sweet Stuff Foundation. For the inaugural auction in this “Bizarre Bazaar,” hosted on a dedicated eBay page, acclaimed textile artist Ben Venom has created a 3′ X 3′ quilt expressing the sounds of Desert Sessions in fabric and thread:

“I describe my art as a collision between fine art, craft, and the fringes of society. Working with textiles, I contrast the often menacing and aggressive counterculture components of gangs, punk/metal music, and the occult with the comforts of domesticity. For the Crawling Death quilt, the fragility of the materials and their assaulting imagery are brought together in the form of a functional piece of art. This piece was made in collaboration with the Desert Sessions and it has been an honor to participate in the project.”

Find more information on the Sweet Stuff Foundation HERE.

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Coming March 6: Stephen Malkmus – “Traditional Techniques” + “Xian Man” Premiere + US/CA Spring 2020 Tour

(L to R: Stephen Malkmus, Chris Funk, Matt Sweeney. Photo by Samuel Gehrke and Chris Shonting.)

(Album artwork by Jan Lankisch)

Stephen Malkmus has announced his new album, Traditional Techniques, out March 6th via Matador, lead single “Xian Man,” and a North American tour. Traditional Techniques, Malkmus’ third solo LP without the Jicks (or Pavement), is new phase folk music for new phase folks, with Malkmus as attuned as ever to the rhythms of the ever-evolving lingual slipstream. It’s packed with handmade arrangements, modern folklore, and 10 songs written and performed in his singular voice. An adventurous new album in an instantly familiar mode, Traditional Techniques creates a serendipitous trilogy with the loose fuzz of the Jicks’ Sparkle Hard (2018) and the solo bedroom experiments of Groove Denied (2019). Taken together, these three very different full-lengths in three years highlight an ever-curious songwriter committed to finding untouched territory.

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Traditional Techniques
01 ACC Kirtan
02 Xian Man
03 The Greatest Own in Legal History
04 Cash Up
05 Shadowbanned
06 What Kind Of Person
07 Flowin’ Robes
08 Brainwashed
09 Signal Western
10 Amberjack

Traditional Techniques will be available in a standard CD/black LP format, and as a red vinyl stamp-numbered edition limited to 500 with risographed red, white, and black alternate cover.

Malkmus will embark on a North American tour this spring with an entirely new band (more shows will be announced in the weeks to come). The Traditional Techniques live band is Malkmus (vocals, guitar), Funk (pedal steel, keys), Sweeney (guitar), Brad Truax (bass), and Jake Morris (drums), joined at times by Qais Essar (rabab) and Eric Zang (kaval, udu, daf). A full list of dates can be found below and tickets are on sale Friday, January 24th at 10am local time.

Stephen Malkmus on Tour
Tuesday, March 31 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN
Wednesday, April 1 Turner Hall, Milwaukee WI
Thursday, April 2 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL
Friday, April 3 Headliners, Louisville KY
Saturday, April 4 Cannery Ballroom, Nashville TN
Sunday, April 5 Terminal West, Atlanta GA
Tuesday, April 7 Orange Peel, Asheville NC
Wednesday, April 8 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Thursday, April 9 The National, Richmond VA
Friday, April 10 Black Cat, Washington DC
Saturday, April 11 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
Monday, April 13 Webster Hall, New York NY
Wednesday, April 15 Royale, Boston MA
Thursday, April 16 L’Astral, Montreal QC
Friday, April 17 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON
Saturday, April 18 Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH
Sunday, April 19 St. Andrew’s Hall, Detroit MI

Is that a goddamn bouzouki? you may ask. A pedal steel guitar? What kind of Stephen Malkmus album is this, anyway?

It’s called folk music, and it’s taking the country by storm. Stephen Malkmus is only the latest popular artist to apply this old new approach to their rock and roll sounds.

Take the name Traditional Techniques with as much salt as you’d like or dig the Adorno reference, Malkmus’s third solo LP without the Jicks (or Pavement) is as organic as they come. It’s packed with handmade arrangements, modern folklore, and 10 songs written and performed in Malkmus’s singular voice. An adventurous new album in an instantly familiar mode, Traditional Techniques creates a serendipitous trilogy with the loose fuzz of the Jicks’ Sparkle Hard (Matador, 2018) and the solo bedroom experiments of Groove Denied (Matador, 2019). Taken together, these three very different full-lengths in three years highlight an ever-curious songwriter committed to finding untouched territory. Perhaps some of these “folk” musicians could take a lesson or two.

Created in the spontaneous west coast style adopted so infectiously by young American musicians in this time of global turmoil, Malkmus took on Traditional Techniques as a kind of self-dare. Conceived while recording Sparkle Hard with the Jicks at Portland’s Halfling Studio, Malkmus had observed the variety of acoustic instruments available for use. The idea escalated within a matter of weeks into a full set of songs and shortly thereafter into a realized and fully committed album. When he returned to Halfling, Malkmus drew from a whole new musical palette–including a variety of Afghani instruments–to support an ache both quizzical and contemporary. Stephen Malkmus isn’t one of those “hung up” musicians one reads about so frequently these days, sequestered in a jungle room of the heart. The jukebox in Malkmus’s private grotto remains fully updated. Not only is the artist present, but he’s on Twitter.

Traditional Techniques is new phase folk music for new phase folks, with Malkmus as attuned as ever to the rhythms of the ever-evolving lingual slipstream. Instead of roses, briars, and long black veils, prepare for owns, cracked emojis, and shadowbans. Centered around the songwriter’s 12-string acoustic guitar, and informed by a half-century of folk-rock reference points, Traditional Techniques is the product of Malkmus and Halfling engineer/arranger-in-residence Chris Funk (The Decemberists). Playing guitar is friend-to-all-heads Matt Sweeney (Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Chavez, and too many other to count), who’d previously crossed paths with Malkmus on the opposite end of the longhairs’ map of the world, most lately gnarling out together back east in the jam conglomerate Endless Boogie.

But, buyer beware, no matter how these recordings might be tagged by your nearest algorithm, the expansive and thrilling folk-rock sounds of Traditional Techniques aren’t SM Unplugged. One might even question his commitment to acoustic instruments, but we’ll leave that for somebody else’s hot take. All we’re saying is watch your head. Because alongside all that gorgeous folk music (“The Greatest Own in Legal History,” “Cash Up”), there are also occasional bursts of flute-laced swagger (“Shadowbanned”), straight-up commune rock (“Xian Man”), and mind-bending fuzz in places you least expect it (“Brainwashed”).

It’s hard to call Traditional Techniques “long awaited,” because Stephen Malkmus just put out an album last year, but it’s also exactly that. While he may have taken his sweet time in jumping on the folk music boom, surely there are those among us who have fantasized about how lovely it might sound if SM would just get with the times. And it sounds like all that and beyond. Set a day or two aside to transcribe the lyrics like the Dylanlogists of yore (though please keep your garbology to yourself) and vibe on the shape of folk to come with Stephen Malkmus.

– Jesse Jarnow

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Algiers – ‘Dispossession’ Stripped Down: Live In Conklin Metals

(Photo by Christian Högstedt)

This past Friday, Algiers released their already acclaimed third LP There Is No Year. Today the band premieres a stripped down live rendition of “Dispossession,” performed at Conklin Metals in Atlanta GA.

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Algiers have embarked on touring in support of There Is No Year, wrapping up an East Coast in-store performance/signing tour at Repo Records in Philadelphia PA tonight and at Rough Trade NYC in Brooklyn NY tomorrow evening. Info for those performances along with extensive European/North American routing is below.

Algiers On Tour
Tuesday, January 21 Repo Records, Philadelphia PA
Wednesday, January 22 Rough Trade NYC, Brooklyn NY
Monday, February 3 The Haunt, Brighton UK
Wednesday, February 5 Village Underground, London UK
Thursday, February 6 YES, Manchester UK
Friday, February 7 Stereo, Glasgow UK
Saturday, February 8 Whelans, Dublin IE
Monday, February 10 Brudenell, Leeds UK
Wednesday, February 12 Botanique Rotonde, Brussels BE
Thursday, February 13 Paradiso Upstairs, Amsterdam NE
Friday, February 14 Club Volta, Cologne DE
Saturday, February 15 Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
Monday, February 17 Zoom, Frankfurt DE
Tuesday, February 18 Beatpol, Dresden DE
Thursday, February 20 Hybrydy, Warsaw PO
Friday, February 21 Lucerna Music Bar, Prague CZ
Saturday, February 22 Flex, Vienna AU
Monday, February 24 Strom, Munich DE
Wednesday, February 26 Monk, Rome IT
Thursday, February 27 Ohibo, Milan IT
Saturday, February 29 La 3 Razzmatazz, Barcelona ES
Sunday, March 1 Cafe Berlin, Madrid ES
Tuesday, March 3 Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux FR
Wednesday, March 4 Stereolux, Nantes FR
Thursday, March 5 La Maroquinerie, Paris FR
Wednesday, March 11 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA
Thursday, March 12 Black Cat, Washington DC
Friday, March 13 Mothlight, Asheville NC
Saturday, March 14 529, Atlanta GA
Friday, March 20 Club Congress, Tucson AZ
Saturday, March 21 Casbah, San Diego CA
Tuesday, March 24 The Echo, Los Angeles CA
Wednesday, March 25 Slim’s, San Francisco CA
Saturday, March 28 Polaris Hall, Portland OR
Sunday, March 29 The Crocodile, Seattle WA
Wednesday, April 1 Turf Club, St. Paul MN
Thursday, April 2 Cactus Club, Milwaukee WI
Friday, April 3 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Saturday, April 4 Rumba Club, Columbus OH
Sunday, April 5 Deluxx Fluxx, Detroit MI
Monday, April 6 The Baby G, Toronto ON
Tuesday, April 7 Bar Le Ritz, Montreal QC
Thursday, April 9 Saint Vitus, Brooklyn NY
Tuesday, April 21 Knust, Hamburg DE
Friday, April 24 Nalen Klubb, Stockholm SE
Saturday, April 25 Mejeriet, Lund SE
Monday, April 27 Lido, Berlin DE
Wednesday, April 29 Morze, St. Petersberg RU
Thursday, April 30 Aglomerat, Moscow RU
Sunday, May 3rd ISC, Bern CH
Monday, May 4th Bogen F, Zurich CH

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Out Today : Algiers – ‘There Is No Year’

Algiers’ eagerly anticipated 3rd full-length and an early contender for album-of-2020 status, ‘There Is No Year’ is available today via all streaming platforms along with the surviving LP and compact disc formats. LP version includes the bonus track, “Void” on flexi-disc.

(“There Is No Year”, courtesy Adult Swim, Fish Center Live)

Prior to kicking off today’s US tour of record shops at Atlanta’s Criminal Records this afternoon, Algiers’ Lee Tesche and Matt Tong will participate in an Reddit AMA at 1pm eastern.

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Algiers on tour :

Friday, January 17 Criminal Records, Atlanta GA
Saturday, January 18 Schoolkids Records, Raliegh NC
Monday, January 20 The Sound Garden, Baltimore MD
Tuesday, January 21 Repo Records, Philadelphia PA
Wednesday, January 22 Rough Trade NYC, Brooklyn NY
Monday, February 3 The Haunt, Brighton UK

Wednesday, February 5 Village Underground, London UK
Thursday, February 6 YES, Manchester UK
Friday, February 7 Stereo, Glasgow UK
Saturday, February 8 Whelans, Dublin IE
Monday, February 10 Brudenell, Leeds UK
Wednesday, February 12 Botanique Rotonde, Brussels BE
Thursday, February 13 Paradiso Upstairs, Amsterdam NE
Friday, February 14 Club Volta, Cologne DE
Saturday, February 15 Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
Monday, February 17 Zoom, Frankfurt DE
Tuesday, February 18 Beatpol, Dresden DE
Thursday, February 20 Hybrydy, Warsaw PO
Friday, February 21 Lucerna Music Bar, Prague CZ
Saturday, February 22 Flex, Vienna AU
Monday, February 24 Strom, Munich DE
Wednesday, February 26 Monk, Rome IT
Thursday, February 27 Ohibo, Milan IT
Saturday, February 29 La 3 Razzmatazz, Barcelona ES
Sunday, March 1 Cafe Berlin, Madrid ES
Tuesday, March 3 Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux FR
Wednesday, March 4 Stereolux, Nantes FR
Thursday, March 5 La Maroquinerie, Paris FR
Wednesday, March 11 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA
Thursday, March 12 Black Cat, Washington DC
Friday, March 13 Mothlight, Asheville NC
Saturday, March 14 529, Atlanta GA
Friday, March 20 Club Congress, Tucson AZ
Saturday, March 21 Casbah, San Diego CA
Tuesday, March 24 The Echo, Los Angeles CA
Wednesday, March 25 Slim’s, San Francisco CA
Saturday, March 28 Polaris Hall, Portland OR
Sunday, March 29 The Crocodile, Seattle WA
Wednesday, April 1 Turf Club, St. Paul MN
Thursday, April 2 Cactus Club, Milwaukee WI
Friday, April 3 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Saturday, April 4 Rumba Club, Columbus OH
Sunday, April 5 Deluxx Fluxx, Detroit MI
Monday, April 6 The Baby G, Toronto ON
Tuesday, April 7 Bar Le Ritz, Montreal QC
Thursday, April 9 Saint Vitus, Brooklyn NY
Tuesday, April 21 Knust, Hamburg DE
Friday, April 24 Nalen Klubb, Stockholm SE
Saturday, April 25 Mejeriet, Lund SE
Monday, April 27 Lido, Berlin DE
Wednesday, April 29 Morze, St. Petersberg RU
Thursday, April 30 Aglomerat, Moscow RU
Sunday, May 3rd ISC, Bern CH
Monday, May 4th Bogen F, Zurich CH

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